The Bad Brains are a complicated band with a sordid history. As detailed in Stephen Blush’s American Hardcore, they were never short of revolutionary music making, controversial attitudes, and a desire for self-destruction that ultimately limited the band’s potential and appeal. I was reading Blush’s book during the week of the show and their praise seemed wholly justified as we went from song to song. Just an amazing sense of power and urgency- fueling the kind of anger that would influence countless future artists (Minor Threat among them) to greater things.
An hour of power. I think we stuck to their more noted material, and stayed away from their more metal/rock leanings that saw them fade during the late 80s and early 90s. A viciously fun show.